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Are Common "Myths" about Medicaid Patients in the Emergency Department True?

The Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently released MACfacts, a report that reveals key findings on Medicaid and CHIP and emergency department (ED) use. The report aimed to confirm (or disapprove) common beliefs about ED use among Medicaid patients by citing credible research studies.

CMS Grants $360 million to Innovation Projects Nationwide Including Emergency Department and EMS Projects

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Innovation recently announced the recipients of the second round of Health Care Innovation Awards. The goal of the Health Care Innovation Award is to support innovative projects that aim to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The second round of recipients, which includes 39 recipients, will test projects that will focus on:

CMS Releases 2015 Draft Physician Fee Schedule Payment Changes for EDs and Trauma Center Physicians

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed changes for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The changes to the Physician Fee Schedule would establish payment rates that are more transparent and allow for more public input before rates are set (through a notice and comment period before being adopted).

2015 CMS Hospital Outpatient Fee Schedule Draft Regulations for EDs and Trauma Centers Are Out, Packaging of Ancillary Services Among Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed changes for the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates.

CMS Proposes Updates to the Ambulance Fee Schedule, Includes EMS Implications

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has proposed to update its Ambulance Fee Schedule regulations, in the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2015. This update may have a significant impact on EMS providers throughout the country.

Are Americans Using Health Care Resources More Now than in the Past? Are Americans Healthier than in Previous Years? A National Health Report Compares Historical Data with Recent Data

How healthy do you think Americans are? Is health care in America what you expect it to be? There are some new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Trends in Ambulance Use Point to Aging Population

While many large databases of ambulance transports exist, none of the data can be applied at the national level to influence national emergency medical services (EMS) policy, due to the lack of being nationally representative. Finally, something has been published that can have national EMS implications.

Are You Using EMS Tools for the Future?

Technology is an integral part of any current industry as businesses rely on technology to store and access vital information daily. The EMS field is no exception to this. Those in the EMS field need access to a wide range of information including clinical reference data and patient medical records.